Aviation International News » March 2013

March 2, 2013 - 1:10am
European helicopter EMS operators that add a second flight crewmember would need a heavier helicopter to carry the same payload, and there is no plan for the Ministry of Health to make up for the subsequent higher costs.

Eurocopter managed to boost revenue last year despite sagging deliveries, in part on the strength of its service activities. The Marignane, France-based manufacturer plans to ramp up production this year, with the aim of delivering 15 percent more aircraft than it handed over last year.

In 2012, revenue amounted to €6.3 billion ($8.4 billion), a 15-percent increase over the previous year. “This was the second year in a row with double-digit growth,” said CEO Lutz Bertling at the company’s annual press conference in Paris in late January.

March 2, 2013 - 12:25am

In January, Beijing Capital Helicopter took delivery of its first Eurocopter EC135P2+ in executive livery, and the company is using it for a regular charter operation from the capital to Buddhist spiritual sites.

The charter was especially active during the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays, ferrying passengers to the Wutaishan Mountain area, a well known site of Buddhist temples and monasteries about 160 nm from Beijing Badaling Airport. The Buddhist spiritual center is about a seven-hour journey by train from Beijing. The flight by helicopter is as little as an hour-and-a-half.

March 1, 2013 - 6:00am
Cessna production facility

The 17,811 airplanes delivered in 1978 marked a ­bubble, and it’s no use looking back. What counts now for the lighter end of aviation is making the best of the new reality– fewer pilots, buying fewer airplanes, flying less.

 

March 1, 2013 - 4:10am

With its official emergence from the bankruptcy of Hawker Beechcraft on February 19, the new Beechcraft Corp. returned to the roots planted in Kansas by founders Walter and Olive Ann Beech in 1932.

It has been a long and sometimes rough road since the company was founded, a path marked most recently by a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Hawker Beechcraft in May 2012. Now, after nearly 10 months and confirmation of its joint plan of reorganization by the bankruptcy court on February 1, the aircraft manufacturer has exited bankruptcy.

March 1, 2013 - 3:10am

Only one business jet thus far has been certified with a lithium-ion main-ship battery, Cessna’s Citation CJ4, which employed lithium-iron phosphate technology, unlike the lithium-cobalt oxide chemistry in the Boeing 787 batteries. No other business jet has been certified with a lithium-ion main-ship battery, although Gulfstream had planned to employ a lithium-ion battery in the G650 before switching to a nickel-cadmium battery while the aircraft was still working its way toward certification.

March 1, 2013 - 2:30am

Gulfstream Aerospace is working to step up the pace of deliveries of the new G650, taking account of time lost due to the need for retrofit work on early models. By the end of last year, the airframer had delivered six completed G650s to customers. The tally since then is unknown because Gulfstream has yet to release G650 delivery numbers for this year.

March 1, 2013 - 1:55am

AgustaWestland has said it expects to be cleared of bribery allegations relating to an Indian government order for 12 AW101 VIP helicopters. At press time, the Italian-UK joint venture was responding to questions from the Indian defense ministry in relation to a “show cause notice” that could result in the cancellation of the $750 million contract. It had until February 22 to answer these questions.

March 1, 2013 - 1:05am
This year’s conference ranked as the fourth highest in terms of attendance. It did set a new record for exhibitors with 425 FBOs and other flight support providers demonstrating their services to the flight department members who make up the majority of the conference’s clientele.

At NBAA’s annual Schedulers & Dispatchers conference, held this year in January in San Antonio, more than 2,400 registered attendees from 30 countries received a hearty Texas welcome to the Alamo City.

March 1, 2013 - 12:55am

Since LightSquared’s bankruptcy last fall, a common perception was that the company had thrown in the towel and the GPS industry could cease looking over its shoulder, breathe a sigh of relief and get back to the navigation business. But that was not to be. In fact, what we have seen is more an extended time-out than a cessation of hostilities, as the combatants consolidated their positions. But neither has offered a cease-fire or surrender.

March 1, 2013 - 12:25am

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